Dr. Peter Teng is a general cardiologist who has cared for patients with all types of heart conditions and issues for more than 15 years. He has a special interest in using CT imaging in coronary care and was among the first cardiologists in San Francisco to adopt coronary CT angiography for his patients, having helped establish a CT imaging program in 2007. In addition to noninvasive imaging of arteries of the heart, Teng performs routine cardiac catheterization (a diagnostic or therapeutic procedure in which a long, thin tube called a catheter is inserted into an accessible blood vessel – such as one in the groin or wrist – and threaded up to the heart). He also specializes in echocardiography (using ultrasound to capture images inside the heart and the valves attached to it), cardiac nuclear perfusion studies (a type of stress test using imaging that shows the blood throughout the heart before and after exercise) and pacemaker implantation and maintenance.
In research, Teng studies the ways atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) begins and worsens, as well as methods used to better understand the signal pathways within blood vessel cell walls. He also studies the factors involved in the creation of clots in the heart that may lead to stroke.
Teng earned his medical degree at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. At New York – Presbyterian Hospital, he completed a residency in internal medicine, followed by a research fellowship focused on atherosclerosis, then a fellowship in cardiology at Stanford Health Care. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology.
A New York native, Teng comes from a family of educators, which has fueled his natural inclination to educate his patients and help train and mentor residents and students. He was recognized in 2015 as a Castle Connelly Top Doctor in cardiovascular care in the Bay Area and has remained on the list every year since. In addition, he is committed to contributing meaningfully to the transformation of health care by exploring ways that applicable technologies can help simplify and improve patient care while also addressing the variety of challenges caregivers face.
Outside of work, Teng enjoys swimming for wellness, playing piano with his sons and reading the New Yorker, when time allows.